October 25, 2013
Trifecta time for Red Lions
CINCINNATUS — The Cincinnatus Central girls’ soccer team took an old adage to heart Thursday afternoon.
The third-seeded Red Lions hosted No. 6 Brookfield in a Section 3 Class D quarterfinal game. It was the third meeting of the season between the Central Counties League squads, Cincy having won the first two by scores of 5-3 and 8-3.
The concept about the difficulty of beating a team three times in a season was in the hosts’ mind as they rolled to a 7-0 victory.
Senior forward-midfielder Danielle Wood was the offensive standout with four goals as Cincy won its 10th in a row to improve to 16-2. It was also the fifth consecutive shutout for senior goalie Susie Waltz and her defense. Waltz stopped nine shots while Beaver netminder Brooke Terrier made eight saves as her team actually had a 22-19 shot advantage in the contest.
Senior forward Kasey Price scored two goals and sophomore midfielder McKenzie Lidell had a goal and an assist for the Red Lions, who were up 3-0 at halftime. Brookfield finished its season at 9-5-1.
“Both teams came out strong, trading scoring chances back and forth,” Red Lions coach Lisa Schuyler said. “We didn’t take Brookfield lightly. We knew they could be dangerous and they showed that, playing hard and strong for all 80 minutes. We knew they had a fast duo in Jill Hughes and Abby Reilly that we had to work on to keep under wraps. Our sweeper, Darcie Wood (senior, Danielle’s twin sister), had to break up potential one-on-one runs by Brookfield many times, and Susie came up with some great saves as well.
“Chelsea Gerrard (junior), Sydney Burritt (senior) and Mallory Cobb (senior) played well for us at midfield, with many good passing combinations. They were able to move the ball forward and keep it away from their offense. That was a key for us. Our offense looked stronger than it did on Tuesday (in a 2-1 overtime win over visiting 14th seed Faith Heritage), and overall we played much better. Danielle was back on her game for us.”
With the win, Cincy advances to the semifinals and another date with No. 2 Poland (15-2) in a game tentatively set for Tuesday, with the site and time to be determined. The Tornadoes, who beat the Red Lions 5-3 in last year’s Class D sectional championship game, were 5-1 winners over No. 7 Oriskany Thursday.
The other semifinals will match top-seeded Copenhagen (17-0), a 6-0 winner over No. 9 Stockbridge Valley Thursday, against the winner of this afternoon’s game between fifth-seeded Lyme (11-5-1) and No. 4 Remsen (13-2).
CINCINNATUS BOYS are in sectional action this afternoon, the fifth-seeded Red Lions to face fourth-seed Owen D. Young in a 3 p.m. start on Cherry Valley/Springfield’s home field. The Red Lions — regular season Central Counties League champions — opened sectional play with a 2-1 overtime win at home over Otselic Valley on Tuesday
Dryden Ousted in Shootout
CHENANGO FORKS —Taylor Bennett scored twice, but Dryden High girls reached the end of the road in Section 4 Class B tournament play Thursday.
Bennett’s two goals came in regulation time as the fifth-seed Purple Lions were deadlocked at 2-2 with fourth-seed Chenango Forks in a quarterfinal match-up. Each team scored once in the two 10-minute overtime periods, but no one scored in the two five-minute sudden death overtimes before the Blue Devils advanced to the semifinals by winning the penalty-kick shootout, 4-3.
Chenango Forks is now 8-6-1. Dryden ends the season at 12-3-1.
Bennett scored once in each half, but Forks always came back to knot the score. Mckenna Williams netted a second-half goal for the Blue Devils to force overtime at 2-2.
Keri Daley gave Dryden a 3-2 lead in the first 10-minute overtime. Brooke Maietta knotted the score at 3-3 for Chenango Forks with two minutes remaining in the second 10-minute extra session.
After neither scored in the two sudden-death overtimes, Antastasia Rusnak delivered the advancing penalty kick in the shootout that broke a 3-3 tie and gave the Blue Devils the final edge.
Chenango Forks will play the winner Friday’s game between eighth-seeded Newark Valley and top-seeded Binghamton Seton Catholic Central Tuesday.
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